Suppaphol Prachumpon, MA Fashion Photography, UCA Rochester

Fashion Photography MA

Fashion Photography MA

Course overview

Behind every successful fashion shoot is a talented photographer. With the skills you gain on our MA Fashion Photography degree course at UCA Rochester, you can make that role your own.

On our course, you’ll build on your existing fashion and photography knowledge to identify, develop and manage a Masters project.

We will provide you with the tools to help you reach your goals - from state-of-the-art photography facilities and off-campus shoots and exhibition visits to specialised lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff in a department that encourages experimentation. You'll establish yourself as a well-rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework, while also communicating to others both visually and verbally.

We place a strong emphasis on publication, enabling you to find creative ways to disseminate your work beyond the academic context, in the public arena. With the skills and confidence you gain, you'll be equipped to succeed in a career of your choice - whether that's in editorial fashion, curation, editing, fine art or freelance work.

*Please note - the part-time route for this course has been suspended for 2021 entry and this course will be moving to UCA Epsom for 2022 entry.

Length of study 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time*
Campus Rochester
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022
Course details

Course details

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Contemporary Debates and Creative Enquiry
This unit introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines as well as outlining key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. It is designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare you for the development of your MA body of work within the context of fashion photography.

Innovating Practice
This unit is concerned with the exploration and innovation of creative practice in order to inform the critical, conceptual, visual and professional development of the body of work you'll produce during the MA. The unit provides a structured framework to encourage you to speculate, take risks and experiment with the potential of approaches, methods, ideas and themes in contemporary fashion photography and its commercial contexts for their own project.

During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Project Development and Industry Placements
In this unit, you'll develop the core of your body of work for your MA over a sustained period of self-directed study as you begin to work more independently as a creative image maker. The development of the body of work will be guided and questioned by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

Project Development
In this unit, you'll develop the core of your body of work for your MA over a sustained period of self-directed study, as you begin to work more independently as a creative image maker. The development of the body of work will be guided and questioned by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Creative Resolution and Implementation
In this unit, you'll continue to be guided by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners. You'll apply and develop the knowledge gained through your research and practice in the Unit ‘Project Development and Industry Placements’ or ‘Project Development’ to resolve and disseminate your final body of work and start to develop and implement your career plan. In this final part of the MA you'll acquire the ability to refine, produce, complete and start to disseminate your body of work, which you'll firmly place within the context of the fashion industry. The final outcome, be it still and/or moving image, should reflect the ambition of your body of work and career aspirations in terms of scale and complexity, becoming a significant step towards moving into employment in the fashion photography industry.


Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students full-time - £10,400

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


Fashion Photography facilities include fully-equipped, spacious photographic studios - three large photographic studios and lighting; perfect for still-life, fashion, tableau and other constructed photography. Digital imaging centre including Flextight scanners, large format Epson printers with a print size from A4 to B0, a digital suite of Mac Pros and colour calibrated monitors and up-to-date software. Dedicated processing and printing darkrooms for both black and white and colour photography.


Photography studios, UCA Rochester


Photography studios, UCA Rochester


Photography Digital studios, UCA Rochester


Photography studios, UCA Rochester

Course connections

Course connections

Our MA Photography courses enjoy extensive links with a number of photographic, media and fine art professionals, curators, publishers, specialist printers and book designers. These connections enrich your experience through visiting lecturer and seminar programmes.

In the last three years, speakers on the course have included photographers and other creative practitioners such as:

  • Ori Gersht
  • Esther Teichmann
  • Margaret Salmon
  • Sarah Jones
  • Matthew Stone
  • Criodhna Costello
  • Chris Coekin
  • Carey Young
  • Lisa Castagner
  • Rod Dickinson
  • Jo Longhurst
  • Jason Evans
  • Joseph Walsh
  • Eva Bensasson.

Additionally, creative professionals and industry links for our course include:

  • Benedict Burbridge, editor of Photoworks
  • Stuart Smith, book designer at Smith-Design
  • Sarah James, writer at Art Monthly and Frieze
  • Lucy Soutter, writer at Source
  • Clare Grafik, curator of The Photographer's Gallery
  • Jennifer Thatcher, Folkestone Triennial
  • Jean Wainwright, writer at Art Newspaper
  • Terry King, specialist printer
  • Emily Pethick, directs The Showroom
  • Robert Shore, editor of Elephant Magazine
  • Edward Dorrian, organiser of Five Years
  • Joyce Cronin, manages the Cubitt Gallery.


Our postgraduate degree prepares you for your career through professional practice units, talks by visiting artists and portfolio reviews with figures from across the photographic industry. Career opportunities include:

  • Freelance photography
  • Fine art
  • Fashion
  • Advertising and editorial
  • Post production/digital imaging
  • Picture editing and research
  • Curating
  • Image, arts and community arts management
  • Gallery administration.

Graduates of MA Photography have gone on to win the Jerwood Photography prize; to exhibit their work in The Photographers' Gallery, Photofusion, ArtSway and the Geffyre Museum as well as publishing their outputs in different venues ranging from The Sunday Times Magazine to monographs with Dewi Lewis Publishing.

We also encourage you to apply to national and international competitions and residencies. Recent graduates have met with success at the PhotoforumPasquArt in Switzerland and Emergent Lleida, Spain. Alumni have also gone on to study for PhDs and to teach in many different national and international institutions at a range of levels.

Our course provides an excellent platform for you to connect with your subject, or to further your teaching career at an advanced level. It also helps prepare you for progression to an MPhil or PhD.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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